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Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint To Launch New IT Strategy »

December 17, 2014 at 11:38AM PST | Source: Uncle Maddio's

With Easy Ordering, Cloud-based Security and Loyalty Integration
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // (ATLANTA, GA) - Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will launch a new IT strategy that will improve customer engagement and franchisee satisfaction. Rolling out in the first quarter of 2015, the fast casual, create-your-own pizza concept will offer customers the latest way to connect with online and mobile ordering options. This added convenience is projected to drive more customers to the stores, and the enhanced loyalty program will bring them back.
Uncle Maddio's is also committed to the protection of sensitive customer information. The new secure, tokenization payment method will lower the risks to customers, and lower the expenses associated with PCI compliance for the franchisee...

RedBrick Pizza(R) To Debut In Kentucky »

December 17, 2014 at 11:20AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Open Flame Artisan Pizza chain set to open in Louisville's Mall St. Matthews
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - RedBrick Pizza, the fast-casual restaurant serving up gourmet artisan pizza baked to perfection in just 3 minutes in a 1000? open flame terra cotta oven, and also featuring Italian flatbread sandwiches known as Fhazani®, fresh chopped salads, and all natural gelato, today announced its first Kentucky restaurant will open this holiday season at Mall St. Matthews in Louisville. This new location is the first of several restaurants in the area to be developed over the next three years.
Located at 5000 Shelbyville Rd., this food court location features the new "Classic Italian" design for RedBrick Pizza Kitchen + Cafe, showcasing the restaurant's open-flame brick oven with elegant wood paneling and touches of classic Italian architecture...

Merry Maids Recognizes Outstanding Franchise Owners »

December 17, 2014 at 11:13AM PST | Source: Merry Maids

Debby, Larry and Garret Weigel Receive Highest Honor: Founder's Award
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Memphis, Tenn. - Merry Maids, the nation's leading home cleaning company and part of the ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) family of brands, announced the recognition of several outstanding franchise owners at its annual seminar held in Orlando, Fla. The highest honor of the year, the Founder's Award, was given to franchisees Debby, Larry and Garret Weigel, of Mobile, Ala., Pinellas Park and Jacksonville, Fla.
Merry Maids has more than 35 years of experience helping families clean up messes, creating home cleaning plans customized for each household's needs, and providing expert tips to keep living spaces clean and organized - ultimately giving them time back to spend with their families...

H&R Block CEO Applauds Congressional Action To Stem Improper Payments »

December 17, 2014 at 11:10AM PST | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/17/14 -- H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, today announced its strong support for new legislation directing the Treasury Department to implement uniform standards for taxpayers claiming refundable credits. President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law yesterday.
"It makes no sense to have different documentation requirements and fail to screen for fraud at every opportunity. This legislation is a huge step forward and will do much to help achieve the legitimate goals of covered tax credits while at the same time reducing improper payments that result from fraud or complexity by those claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or other refundable credits," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block President and CEO...

Krispy Kreme Announces Jim Morgan To Transition To Non-Executive Chairman »

December 17, 2014 at 10:57AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2014-- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE:KKD) announced today that James H. Morgan, age 67, will transition from Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company to non-executive Chairman effective January 29, 2015.
Mr. Morgan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from January 2008 until June 2014. He has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since 2000 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2005.
As part of its executive succession plan, the Company appointed Tony Thompson as its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2014, at which time Mr. Morgan became Executive Chairman. Mr. Morgan’s transition to non-executive Chairman completes the succession plan...

SPG Members Stay Connected In 2015 With Free Internet Access From Starwood »

December 17, 2014 at 10:05AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Complimentary Internet is Latest Benefit for Members Who Book Through Starwood Channels Online or Via the SPG App Booking Via SPG.com Allows Travel Pros to Extend Access to SPG Clients
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Staying reliably connected to the world while on the road - whether for business or pleasure - is vital to today's modern traveler. In recognition of that, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) is announcing that all Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members who book through Starwood's digital channels will be offered free standard in-room Internet access during their stay at all participating hotels worldwide.
"With the seismic shift towards digital, particularly when guests are on the road and literally mobile, our SPG members believe high quality Internet access is a basic necessity right up there with a great bed," said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President, SPG and Digital at Starwood...

New Orangetheory Fitness Studios Coming To Denver Area »

December 17, 2014 at 9:59AM PST | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

High-Intensity Interval Fitness Franchise Announces Grand Openings in Stapleton and Union Station
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced that two new studios will be coming to Denver, Colorado. The Stapleton studio located at 7349 E. 29th Avenue and the Union Station studio located at 1400 Wewatta St. will both open on Dec. 31. In addition to the Denver locations, a new studio in Boulder located at 1850 29th Street is also celebrating its grand opening this month. With 11 studios now open in the state and several in development, the brand will continue to target the Colorado market for expansion in the New Year.
The Stapleton studio will be celebrating its grand opening with a VIP party on December 30 from 5:00 - 8:00 p...

Jersey Mike's Honors Veterans With Long-Time Partner Wreaths Across AMERICA »

December 17, 2014 at 9:53AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // MANASQUAN, N.J., - Last week, New Jersey icons Governor Chris Christie and Jersey Mike's Founder and CEO Peter Cancro honored veterans at a special ceremony on Ellis Island.
The tribute was part of the nonprofit Wreaths Across America's annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery to deliver hundreds of thousands of wreaths for Wreaths Across America Day on December 13, 2014. Known as the world's largest veterans parade, the Wreaths Across America (WAA) convoy stops at schools, monuments, veterans homes and communities each year.
To commemorate this year's event, MSNBC's "Taking the Hill" produced a special edition hosted by former Congressman, Iraq War veteran and contributor Patrick Murphy...

Dental Fix RX Expands Dental Repair Service To North Dallas »

December 17, 2014 at 9:48AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

National mobile dental repair company, Dental Fix RX, launches all-new business in Dallas with mobile repair center.
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dallas, Texas. - Dental Fix RX, a mobile dental equipment repair company, recently signed an all-new franchise to service Dallas area dentists. Owned and operated by Scott Welch, the business features a fully equipped mobile repair center that will supply dentist offices with prompt, on-site equipment service, repair, and replacements. This is the second location in Dallas, and Welch's franchise will service areas from University Park to cities as far north as Frisco.
"Dental Fix offers a paradigm shifting alternative to the services currently provided to most dentists," said Scott Welch, Dental Fix franchise owner...

Marilyn Monroe(TM) Spas Launches Worldwide Franchise Opportunities »

December 16, 2014 at 2:56PM PST | Source: Marilyn Monroe Spas
Marilyn Monroe Spas Opportunities Available

Former Disney Executive Brings Iconic Spa Brand to Life Across the Country, Now Offering Opportunities to Franchise Marilyn Monroe™ Nail Lounge & Glamour Room Concepts
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. - Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, a national brand with eight locations currently open and several more opening soon, announced today that it will begin franchising its popular Nail Lounge and Glamour Room concepts.
Both concepts offer a contemporary take on the traditional day spa and leverage the universal appeal, sophistication and intrigue of the Marilyn Monroe™ brand persona. Led by spa industry veteran Niki T. Bryan, founder and CEO, and former Disney executive Allen "Al" R. Weiss, executive chairman, Marilyn Monroe™ Spas was granted an exclusive global licensing agreement in 2012 with Authentic Brands Group, a leading international intellectual property corporation that owns the estate of Marilyn Monroe, to operate in the spa, salon, nail and health and wellness categories using the Marilyn Monroe name...

Hampton By Hilton Announces Opening Of First Hotel In Panama  »

December 16, 2014 at 2:52PM PST | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Hilton Worldwide's Fifth Property in Panama Represents another Milestone in the Company's Latin America Expansion Efforts
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // PANAMA CITY, Panama and MCLEAN, Va. - Hampton by Hilton continues its international expansion by announcing the opening of its first hotel in Panama today. Hampton by Hilton Panama, a 108-room, new-build hotel managed by Hilton Worldwide, joins the global brand of more than 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels, as the company's fifth hotel in Panama.
Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management for Hilton Worldwide, said, "This opening marks the fifth Latin American country with a Hampton by Hilton hotel...

Pop The Cork And Toast The Holiday Season With Sheraton Hotels' Spotlight On Champagne! »

December 16, 2014 at 11:11AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

Global Survey Says Bubbly Tops Everyone's Wish List this Holiday Season - 67% Consider Champagne the Most Important Part of a Holiday Party What Are You Toasting To? Share with Sheraton at #SheratonToastPromo for a Chance to Win Champagne Toasting Kits, World-Class Trips, and More
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sheraton® Hotels invites you to raise a glass and toast! In continued celebration of Sheraton Social Hour, Sheraton is making the holidays sparkle with a special spotlight on Champagne. Guests and consumers are invited to raise a glass and toast the season with highly-rated Champagnes at participating Sheraton hotels and resorts around the world, and to share their celebratory toasts using #SheratonToastPromo for a chance to win exclusive Sheraton prizes...

Hilton Worldwide Welcomes The Providence Biltmore To Curio - A Collection By Hilton »

December 16, 2014 at 10:35AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Historic New England Hotel Joins Expanding Global Collection
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - Iconic landmark hotel, the Providence Biltmore, today joined Curio - A Collection by Hilton. Hilton Worldwide today announced the anticipated addition to its growing global brand of distinctive upper upscale and luxury hotels, hand-picked for travelers who seek local discovery and authentic experiences.
Located in the heart of downtown Providence, the historic hotel was built in 1922 by Warren and Wetmore, the same architects behind New York City's Grand Central Station. The stately building opened its doors with widespread acclaim and today is deeply woven into the city's fabric and culture, beloved by generations of guests...

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Is Now Open In Jacksonville, N.C. »

December 16, 2014 at 10:30AM PST | Source: Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

The Pizza & Beer Authority Debuts in Jacksonville, N.C. Beginning Today, December 15
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a national casual dining restaurant known for its delicious, handcrafted pizza and vast craft beer selection, announced today that it has opened its second North Carolina location in Jacksonville at 4157 Western Boulevard. The restaurant will create nearly 120 jobs for the area. To celebrate the opening in Jacksonville, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has partnered with local charity, Hope for the Warriors®. One dollar from every Chicago 7™ and Meat Me™ specialty pizza ordered after 3 p.m. this month through January 4 will be donated to the organization in support of post-9/11 service members who were injured in the line of duty...

New Menchie's Store At Crossroads At Fallon Gateway Center Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

December 16, 2014 at 10:23AM PST | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // DUBLIN, Calif. - Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, opens its newest store at the Fallon Gateway Center, located at 3742 Fallon Rd., Suite 650, Dublin, CA 94568. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Dublin favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, December 20 to Friday, December 26, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"We immediately fell in love with how Menchie's not only strives to offer a premium quality product, but also the unique experience that goes along with operating a store," said franchisee, Mark Russell...

RedBrick Pizza(R) Announces Expansion Plans For Nebraska »

December 16, 2014 at 10:14AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Company founder and leadership team to host Taste & Tour Franchise Event in Omaha, Jan. 13
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - RedBrick Pizza, the fast-casual restaurant serving up gourmet artisan pizza baked to perfection in just 3 minutes in a 1000? open flame terra cotta oven, is launching an expansion campaign to add more than a dozen restaurants in Nebraska over the next three years.
The company will host a VIP Taste & Tour franchise event from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Omaha West on January 13. Franchise prospects will have an opportunity to meet RedBrick Pizza Founder Jim Minidis, learn about the award-winning concept and talk with company executives in person.
The event will include a visit to the newly-opened RedBrick Pizza at Oak View Mall for a private tour of the kitchen and product sampling from across the menu...

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom Is Now Open In Hixson, Tenn. »

December 16, 2014 at 10:10AM PST | Source: Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

The Pizza & Beer Authority Debuts at Northgate Mall Beginning Today, December 15
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, a national casual dining restaurant known for its delicious, handcrafted pizza and vast craft beer selection, announced today that it has opened its first location in the Chattanooga Area of Tenn., at the Northgate Mall (250 Northgate Mall Drive). The restaurant will create nearly 120 jobs for the area. To celebrate the opening in Hixson, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom has partnered with local charity, Chattanooga Area Food Bank. One dollar from every Chicago 7™ and Meat Me™ specialty pizza ordered after 3 p.m. this month through January 4 will be donated to the organization in support of the fight against hunger...

Krispy Kreme Joy Goes Around The World With Global Holiday Hangouts »

December 16, 2014 at 9:08AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

#HolidayHangouts Interactive In-Shop Experience Brings Fans Face-To-Face Worldwide
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2014-- This holiday season, Krispy Kreme is giving its fans a place to hang out and share a doughnut, coffee and virtual conversation with friends they haven't met yet. Using Google's Hangouts live videoconferencing technology, the Krispy Kreme Joy Goes Around Holiday Hangouts is a global in-store experience that lets fans stopping in the shop for their favorite holiday treat, send and receive holiday messages from other doughnut lovers at participating Krispy Kreme® doughnut shops around the world.
"At Krispy Kreme, we believe that joy, no matter where it comes from, is contagious," explains Dwayne Chambers, Chief Marketing and Information Offer, Krispy Kreme...

Krispy Kreme Elects Tim E. Bentsen To Board Of Directors »

December 16, 2014 at 9:06AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2014-- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) announced today that Tim E. Bentsen has joined the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Bentsen also was appointed to the Company's Audit Committee.
Mr. Bentsen is a former audit partner and practice leader of KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm. Over his 37 years with KPMG, he served as an audit partner for financial, technology, and other public companies and served in a variety of leadership roles, including Southeast Area Managing Partner and Atlanta office Managing Partner. Mr. Bentsen also served on national leadership teams for the financial services and audit practice as well as on the firm's national Operations Committee...

Capriotti's Launches Third Washington D.C. - Area Shop »

December 15, 2014 at 2:45PM PST | Source: Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop Opportunities Available

The "Greatest Sandwich In America" Widens Presence In Nation's Capital
December 15, 2014 // Franchising.com // LAS VEGAS - Capriotti's Sandwich Shop opens the doors today to its third location in the Nation's Capital in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Following the success of his locations in D.C and Rosslyn, franchisee, George Vincent Jr., is poised to make the newest restaurant resonate with the Georgetown community.
Capriotti's offers a diverse choice of subs and sandwiches to appeal to a variety of tastes. The Bobbie, the brand's nationally acclaimed sub, is made with in-house roasted and pulled turkey, homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce and a hint of mayo. In addition to its popular turkey sandwiches, Capriotti's offers vegetarian selections, salads and other signature subs including the Capastrami®, which consists of savory hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and cole slaw as well as the Cheese Steak, made with premium grilled steak and melted white American cheese with the option of adding mushrooms, onions or hot peppers to spice it up...



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